*** NOVEL: Frederica AUTHOR: Georgette Heyer YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1965 REVIEW: *** I read this one some years back when I was on a Georgette Heyer kick, breezing through her novels on my Kindle during my commute. I recently picked this book up in paperback (free at the train station, a kind service the local … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Frederica
*** NOVEL: The Photograph AUTHOR: Penelope Lively DATE OF PUBLICATION: 2003 REVIEW: I picked this novel up on a lazy afternoon, when it was too hot to do much of anything else than sit around, and although I read it only to occupy a few idle hours, it has stayed with me for weeks. *** … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – The Photograph
Much to my pleasant surprise, it was a lovely book, the story (which takes place over 15 years) of the making of a new dictionary at a Japanese publishing house.
*** BOOK: Strength in What Remains AUTHOR: Tracy Kidder YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2009 *** Before I picked up Strength in What Remains, I read two other books by Tracy Kidder, both of which I thought were well written, but not extremely compelling or original. Among Schoolchildren is the story of a year in a fifth … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Strength in What Remains
*** NOVEL: Ayesha at Last AUTHOR: Uzma Jalaluddin YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2018 *** This is a terrific book—Uzma Jalaluddin, a high school teacher and newspaper columnist, has knocked it out of the park with her first novel. A love letter to Jane Austen and William Shakespeare, a sweet, touching, and very funny romance, and a … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves – Ayesha at Last
One of the most delightful things about this epistolary novel is that it wasn’t intended to be a novel at all.